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Plenary Speakers

Jim Easton

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Jim Easton has been an executive in the healthcare system in England for over 25 years. He has held leadership positions in hospital services, mental health, primary care and national policy.  

He was the Chief Executive of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a high performing 700 bed hospital in the north of England.

He held the Chief Executive position for the South Central Strategic Health Authority, where he was responsible for the delivery of all healthcare services for a population of 5 million people in the south of England.

In 2009 Jim took on the role of National Director of Transformation for the National Health Service (NHS) in England, responsible, amongst other areas, for the programme to deliver £20b of efficiency savings whilst improving quality across the whole range of NHS services nationally. When he left this role at the end of 2012 the National Audit Office independently assessed that the first three years of the programme had successfully delivered its challenging objectives.

In February 2012 Jim took up post as the Managing Director of Health for Care UK, the largest privately owned provider of health care services to the NHS in England, providing around £450m of surgical, primary care and urgent care services to the NHS.

Throughout his career, Jim has had a deep interest in the application of quality improvement approaches to the delivery of improved quality and value of healthcare services, and the role of leaders in achieving such improvement.  He is regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally on these issues.

Todd Allen

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Dr. Todd Allen was recently appointed as an Assistant Quality Officer in the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Research at Intermountain Healthcare working with Drs. Brent James and Lucy Savitz where he is engaged in health policy and systems research. He is also serving as chair of the Emergency Department Development Team which supervises the work of the emergency departments across the breadth of Intermountain Healthcare’s hospitals. He formerly served as the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Trauma at Intermountain Medical Center. He also serves as the emergency medicine lead for the development of the combined GE/Intermountain electronic medical record (Qualibria).

His current research and systems focus is on the early detection and treatment of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock across healthcare systems and in improved utilization of system and diagnostic resources in trauma.

Dr. Allen joined the staff in the Emergency Department at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare in 1999 after completing residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a one year teaching fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Australia. He was appointed as the director of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at LDS Hospital at the same time. In conjunction with faculty and the Division of Emergency Medicine from the University of Utah, Dr. Allen assisted in founding the University of Utah Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine in 1995 and served as its first assistant director. He stepped down from that position in 2010.

Dr. Allen earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. He was the recipient of the first ever “faculty of the year” award given by the graduating residents of the University of Utah Affiliated residency in Emergency Medicine.

Vincent Lam

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Dr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto, and is an emergency physician in Toronto. He is a Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has also worked in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.

Dr. Lam’s first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has recently been adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. Dr. Lam co-authored The Flu Pandemic And You, a non-fiction guide to influenza pandemics.

The Headmaster’s Wager, Dr. Lam’s first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, is published by Doubleday Canada. Dr. Lam’s biography of Tommy Douglas is published by Penguin Canada as part of Extraordinary Canadians series.

Gerard van Grinsven

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Gerard van Grinsven joined Henry Ford Health System in June 2006 to lead the construction and development of the new 192-bed Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, as President and CEO.

His vision for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, which opened in March 2009, is to take healthcare and healing beyond the boundaries of imagination. In addition to state-of-the-art equipment and the best clinical practices, the hospital features Michigan’s first hospital-based, organic greenhouse. Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital is home to a wellness center and hair salon, which both serve the community with a wide array of world-class services and all-natural products.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital represents a revolutionary approach to collaborative care – combining the expertise of Henry Ford Medical Group physicians, community physicians, specialists, instructors, nurses, health coaches and dietitians, who all work together to address the needs of the whole person. Van Grinsven’s talent and tremendous experience prior to joining Henry Ford Health System allowed for this innovative and distinctive vision to be transformed into reality.

He has more than 25 years of global experience in the luxury hospitality industry, having served in operational, corporate and general management positions. Before coming to Henry Ford, he served as vice president and area general manager for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn and as vice president and area general manager of The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Cleveland, St. Louis and Philadelphia. During his career he has opened 20 Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide.